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CIoJ calls on government to provide emergency support for freelance journalists

CIoJ President, Professor Tim Crook

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is calling for the emergency government measures to help businesses cope with the COVID-19 crisis to be extended to individual freelance journalists known as ‘sole-traders.’

The Institute says individual freelances are already experiencing substantial cancellation of contracts, assignments and projects and

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IT Pros and Automation: A Match Made in Heaven

Sascha Giese, Head Geek™, SolarWinds

By Sascha Giese, Head Geek™, SolarWinds

Once upon a time, automation was mainly associated with manufacturing assembly lines and little else. Fortunately, we’ve moved past assembly lines; automation today plays a critical role within an optimised IT environment in everything from robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to electrical

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GPSJ Exclusive: Top Five Tech Trends Impacting the UK Public Sector

George Brasher

George Brasher, Managing Director, HP UK and Ireland talks exclusively to GPSJ

Talking to GPSJ editor, Stuart Littleford, George said: “With the new decade well underway, government departments are rightly continuing to explore new digital frontiers. From recent conversations with industry and government leaders.” He has identified five public sector trends to

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Comments to GPSJ on the 2020 Budget

Institute of Economic Development Executive Director Nigel Wilcock has told GPSJ:

“This might be the budget that brings Keynes back in vogue with the Office for Budget Responsibility expecting the expansionary measures to create a demand-led economic boost. Certainly, from the budget speech there was little not to like – some emergency fiscal loosening, some

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Full fibre broadband – balancing private and public investment

By Evan Wienberg, co-founder and CEO of Truespeed

A new year is a time for renewal and resolutions. The UK government’s plans to invest billions in infrastructure transformation in the budget on March 11 and shape up the UK’s digital economy by accelerating the delivery of full fibre broadband across the country are undoubtedly full

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Latest updates on ministerial appointments

Latest updates as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes government appointments:

The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of:

Lord Callanan as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Gillian Keegan MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Education.

Paul

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Exclusion of media critics from Downing Street briefings sets dangerous precedent, warns Chartered Institute of Journalists

The Chartered Institute of Journalists has condemned the government’s crass and immature bullying of journalists and warns that it needs to ‘grow up’ and show respect for media freedom.

Institute President, Janice Shillum, says: “Only authoritarian governments snarl at the media and retaliate against criticism with threats and petty restrictions. So it is of immense

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Tackling bullying and harassment in Westminster

Sylvia Sage

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Over the past 18 months, House of Commons authorities have come under repeated fire for their lack of action to address bullying and harassment.

Dame Laura Cox, who authored a report in 2018 which laid bare the scale of the problem, criticised the slow pace of progress a year

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The Future Relationship between the UK and the EU

The Government wishes to see a future relationship based on friendly cooperation between sovereign equals for the benefit of all our peoples. There is complete certainty that at the end of 2020 the process of transition to that relationship will be complete and that the UK will have recovered in full its economic and political

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Full fibre broadband – balancing private and public investment

Evan Wienburg,

By Evan Wienburg, co-founder and CEO of Truespeed

A new year is a time for renewal and resolutions. The UK government’s plans to invest billions in infrastructure transformation in the budget on March 11 and shape up the UK’s digital economy by accelerating the delivery of full fibre broadband across the country

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Strategies to support UK growth post-Brexit to be debated at national economic development conference

IED Annual Conference 2019

The Challenge of Change – economic strategies for a new era – Wednesday 4th December 2019 – BMA House, London

Exploring ways to deliver inclusive and sustainable growth and more effective place management will be the focus of discussion at the Institute of Economic Development (IED) Annual Conference 2019, which is

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New platform for infrastructure modelling now open

Professor Jim Hall

By Professor Jim Hall, Chair of DAFNI Governance Board

A new tool, set to transform research, planning and policymaking around infrastructure in the UK and beyond, is now in alpha testing.

DAFNI 1.0 from the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) takes a significant step forward this autumn as

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A ‘No Deal’ Brexit will create an economic emergency

For GPSJ by Nigel Wilcock, Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Development

Photo: GPSJ

I have arrived at a clear view that a ‘No Deal’ Brexit will create an economic emergency – one that will impact economic development and regeneration professionals working for local and regional communities. It is considered likely that the

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Voice and data analytics helps compliance with GDPR and PCI

By Chris Berry, Managing Director, Liquid Voice (UK) Limited

Today’s customers have much greater expectations and organisations are increasingly having to demonstrate that industry regulations are being met and appropriate systems are in place to manage and protect the way in which their personal information is stored. Local authorities have had to find practical and

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